I have been wanting a boat for a few years but the time was not right. I recently moved to Releigh and I live 5 minutes from the lake. The wife and I needed something to do together on the weekends and being out on the lake sounds perfect. I started looking for a bow rider to go out with my wife, the dogs, and alternatively some friends. I almost bought a Four Winns which was priced very well. However, it had the 3.0, the bow area was a bit crowded and the swim platform was nonexistent. In addition, the snap-in carpet looked like crap and the coushions had some tears. I found a 185 Sport that had the larger Mercury 4.3. The fit and finish was a bit nicer, the seats and carpet were perfect and and the owner was maticulous. Yes, it cost $6k more but if I went with the Four Winns I knew I would want more space and engine and getting the interior redone would run about $2k. We we are closing the deal on Tuesday as my bank was closed for the holiday. Sea trials on Saturday went well and my wife, who is six months pregnant was fine with the way it was handling chop. I look forward to joining the boat and the Sea Ray club.